Helen McMahon

Helen McMahon – Goody Training Solutions

Introducing Helen McMahon

Helen McMahon and her associate trainers at Goody Training Solutions provide “First Aid and Food Safety Training and provides a HACCP consultancy service throughout Northern Ireland.”

Goody Training Solutions delivers accredited First Aid Qualifications through Qualsafe Awards, non-accredited courses and accredited food safety qualifications through Chartered Institute of Environmental Health or Qualsafe Awards. They also provide non accredited Food Safety courses and sessions.

Along with this they also offer a full range of First Aid sessions. Also courses from a 3 hour new parent and family First Aid session up to a 3 day First Aid at Work and everything in between. These include Paediatric First Aid, sports first aid, activity first aid, defibrillator training, anaphylaxis training etc. All can be either accredited or non-accredited.

Where did Helen begin?

Over 14 years ago, Helen began to deliver training. The previous owners of Goody Training Solutions passed the business onto her. They were so impressed with her good delivery style.  Helen loves training people because she gets to teach life skills and how to save someone’s life.

Getting great reviews is so important to Helen who loves meeting new people on a daily basis. She especially is pleased when clients say, “That was the best First aid Course I have ever been on.” Or hearing from previous clients who call to say it “actually worked.”

Problems that Helen can solve

The main problem Helen solves is giving confidence. They need this to be able to help and potentially save someone’s life. She also wants to help businesses to comply with the Health and Safety legislation by having their staff trained in first aid and food safety.

If Helen was to change anything about Goody Training Solutions, it would be having their First Aid qualifications reinstated by HSENI. Although they cannot do online first aid courses being delivered which is against Health and Safety legislation.

In Helen’s Spare Time…

Outside of work, Helen is the County Training Manager for County Down Scouts, a treasurer of the school PTA along with being an Independent Tropic Ambassador and Norwex consultant.

She is also a Reiki master and enjoys practising this on her family and friends. Helen enjoys shooting clay pigeons, swimming, going for walks and also baking. The reason Helen does all these things along with her business for her 11 year old son. She says, “It shows him that you have to work hard for the things you want in life.”

Helen loves The MAW Network for the friendships she has made in the group and also because, “it’s a wonderful supportive network of like-minded business women who want to help each other out.” She has also said that she loves there is always someone there to answer and question and give advice.

Helen has also been able to purchase gifts from some local suppliers and crafters in the group.

Helen’s advice for others

The advice she would give anyone who is starting out in their own business is to “Go for it!! Work hard, be honest in everything you do and help anyone whenever possible.”  Another piece of advice she would give them is to try and get payment upfront. This is something she wish she knew at the start and now does herself.

Helen’s goals for herself and her business

Helens goals for herself and her business is “to lose the weight again that I had previously lost. I would love to be able to jog a 5k again someday. My business goals are to continue to grow the business and increase turnover by 30% in the next year.”

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